When my family informed me we were moving after Christmas of my third grade year, my eight year old brain truly thought the world was ending. What about all of my friends, my teacher, my room!? Eventually when my parents began sharing their excitement for the move and including my sister and I in all of the plans (we got to help pick out our new home!) things began to look up.
It will make a huge difference if you take time to talk to your children in detail about your move, the options of location, schools and how eager/nervous//happy you are about your new adventure. Look up your new town and share with your kids the fun things to do, like museums, parks, entertainment venues, the nice weather etc. This will help them get excited in the midst of a sad goodbye.
The goodbye does not have to be all sad! I suggest you make a memory book of your current home and town before you move. This can be a great project for you and your child to work on together and give them a chance to say "goodbye" to some of their favorite people and places, making the move more bittersweet than devastating.
Begin by helping or having your child take photos of your current home. Let them be inspired, but make sure you get one of the front of the house and their room - even better if they are in it!
Take some time to make a list of their favorite places. For example:
You can make these photo books at many different locations; Walgreens, Winkflash, Shutterfly, Snapfish etc! I never order a photo book without a coupon code; you can find some great deals on Retailmenot.com.
What else would your child like to see in a memory book to commemorate their often short time in one place?
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